Dimitri Payet and Steve Mandanda sat down with Marseille fans

Dimitri Payet and Steve Mandanda sit down with Marseille fans to remind them of the dangers of throwing objects from the stands in a bid to prevent more violent incidents in French football

  • Dimitri Payet and Steve Mandanda met with the Marseille fans on Friday evening
  • They wanted to remind them of the dangers associated with throwing objects
  • The two players were accompanied by Marseille’s president Pablo Longoria
  • The aim of the meeting was to prevent the fans from throwing more objects 
  • Marseille players have been hit on three different occasions this season 











Dimitri Payet and Steve Mandanda met with the Marseille fans to remind them of the dangers associated with throwing objects at the players from the stands. 

According to L’Equipe, the two players were accompanied by Marseille’s president Pablo Longoria at the monthly meeting between OM fans and club’s hierarchy that took place on Friday. 

The aim of the meeting was to prevent the fans from throwing any further objects as Marseille players have been hit on three different occasions this season.  

Payet (above) and Mandanda hope the meeting will prevent the fans from throwing any further objects

Dimitri Payet and Steve Mandanda met with the Marseille fans to remind them of the dangers associated with throwing objects at the players from the stands

Payet was subject to one of the incidents when he was hit in the head during the Ligue 1 clash between Lyon and Olympique Marseille. 

The former West Ham midfielder was about to take a corner kick in front of the home fans at the Groupama Stadium, when he was hit by an object launched towards the pitch.

Payet immediately appeared hurt, clutching his head in his hands and taking a few gingerly steps, before falling onto the ground in pain. 

Payet was subject to one of the incidents when he was hit in the head during the Ligue 1 clash between Lyon and Olympique Marseille

Payet was subject to one of the incidents when he was hit in the head during the Ligue 1 clash between Lyon and Olympique Marseille

Payet - who was about to take a corner kick in front of the home fans at the Groupama Stadium - was struck in the head by a bottle thrown from the stands just four minutes into the game

Payet – who was about to take a corner kick in front of the home fans at the Groupama Stadium – was struck in the head by a bottle thrown from the stands just four minutes into the game

Marseille players and referee Ruddy Buquet immediately rushed over to attend to the France international, while Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes remonstrated with the home fans.

Payet eventually got to his feet and was treated by Marseille’s medical staff, while the referee suspended the game before eventually opting to abandon the match altogether after a suspension of almost two hours.

The football fan who threw a bottle at Payet’s head was later found and handed a suspended six-month jail term.

The guilty culprit may also be banned from the Groupama Stadium for five years after visibly hurting the 34-year-old. 

Payet hopes his conversation with the supporters will prevent such an incident happening again in the future. 

Ruddy Buquet decided to abandon the match altogether after a pause of almost two hours

 Ruddy Buquet decided to abandon the match altogether after a pause of almost two hours

Prior to Payet’s incident, Nice and Marseille’s clash was also abandoned after home supporters threw missiles at players on the pitch.

The incident caused violent brawls between both sets of players, fans and staff members. 

As a result, Payet and Mandanda are eager to prevent the same situation from happening again.   

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